In what has been an unconventional beginning to his NFL career, Colt Lyerla will see his season officially come to an end. The TE, who suffered a torn MCL on the Packers’ August 2nd Family Night scrimmage, will be waived in the hopes he clears waivers so the Packers can then put him on season ending injured reserve.
Lyerla was signed by the Packers as a rookie free agent after going undrafted in May’s draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Lyerla was arguably the most talented Tight End in this year’s draft, putting up numbers at the scouting combine that weren’t rivaled by any other player at his position, but went undrafted due to multiple off the field issues that scared away NFL teams. He left the University of Oregon last year midseason, and shortly after was arrested for cocaine possession and trying to flee police. Then, when the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary school took place, Lyerla posted tweets deemed insensitive by many, ruining any chances he had at being drafted. The Packers took the risk and brought in Lyerla in in the hopes being in small town Green Bay would allow for the young tight end to develop and mature under their tutelage.
The Packers could have released Lyerla and allowed him to clear waivers before resigning him to the practice squad, which would have allowed Lyerla to actively participate in practices throughout the season, but doing so would mean they had to pay him an injury settlement. Instead, the Packers will pay Lyerla just over $300,000, hope he clears waivers, and put him on season ending injured reserve.